The Major Scale
Everything you might want to know about The Major Scale, how it works, patterns to play and how to use it!
The Major scale is the most important scale you will ever learn. Although the Pentatonic is used a lot in rock and blues, The Major Scale is mega useful and you will find that you refer to it all the time! It is also easy to learn to improvise with and you will find that once you know it you will hear it used all the time (just not in Blues!).
SC-201 • The Major Scale: Essential Information
The Major Scale is one of the most important scales that you can learn (along with the Pentatonic Scale). Modes are derived from it, and understanding it well can give you insights into chord construction and all sorts of theory elements of music. It's a big deal - don't miss out!
SC-202 • The Major Scale: Why and How
In this lesson I explain a bit about why the scale works and how we get the the 'Diatonic Chords' (chords in the key) and what that means for you for improvising and understanding.
SC-203 • The Major Scale: Improvising & Jamming
This lesson explores the practical application of the G Major Scale (Pattern 1) over the chords in the Key of G. I'll show you how to 'set up' a fun jam and how to keep your ears open!
The Five Pattern System (based on The CAGED System)
SC-251 • The Major Scale: Pattern 1
This is the first Major Scale pattern that most people learn and is based around the E Shape Major chord, the Root note is on String 6 and it's a very easy pattern to play.
SC-252 • The Major Scale: Pattern 2
This pattern is easy to join up with Pattern 1 as it is next door, but rarely do people use it as a starting Major position, partly because the root note is on String 4 and some people don't know theor String 4 root notes as well as they should! It's also got a tricksty fingering to overcome.
SC-253 • The Major Scale: Pattern 3
Many people like this scale pattern because it outlines it's parent C Shape major chord very clearly and is easy to play with no position shifts involved.
SC-254 • The Major Scale: Pattern 4
Another important pattern to learn because it's based around the A Shape (which is 2nd most common barre grip after the E Shape). There are a few variations of this pattern worth exploring too.
SC-255 • The Major Scale: Pattern 5
We're back with a String 6 root note now but played with our pinky finger. There are common variations to look at another fingering problem to solve!
Practical Music Theory (eBook)
You might also be interested in the Modes of the Major Scale.